It Has to Start Sometime

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New beginnings are always a great time! I am constantly in awe of the resoluteness one needs for the closing of the door behind to walk slowly but assuredly away from one’s comfort. And then how soon it can be followed by the exhilaration and anticipation of new worlds to be found in the opening of the doors ahead.

This is where I find myself. Wanting… Maybe even needing… to enter a new unexplored world. Yet I still enjoy and find fulfillment and rest in the world in which I presently reside.

Living simultaneously in two worlds… It can’t last forever… But while it does, I will enjoy the ride.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #200


Fandango’s Provocative Question #200

Fandango’s Provocative Question is a weekly writing opportunity to allow your mind to travel to unexplored area on argumentative intrigue and oppositional engagement.

Each week Fandango poses a provocative question for consideration.

I browsed through several of Fandango’s offerings and found them both motivating and energizing. If you blog and are looking for topics of interest, give Fandango’s Provocative Questions a try.


This week’s PROVOCATIVE QUESTION …

Most people live in one of four types of communities: urban, suburban, exurban, or rural.

  • An urban community is one that’s in a relatively high density city or town
  • A suburb community is a place where people live just outside of a city or town.
  • An exurban community is an area further out and just beyond a typical suburban community and bordering on rural communities.
  • A rural community is one with lots of nature, open spaces, and farms, with a relatively low density.

Which of these four types of communities do you currently live in? Are you happy there? If so, why? If not, why not, and which type of community would you prefer to live in?

I live on the edge of a suburban-rural community. There is a Walmart and a small shopping center, a post office, an elementary school, three gas stations, ten places to eat out, and twelve houses of worship (population 3000). The small town’s historical district encompasses 200+ local buildings. Within a five mile radius there are five park/ recreation centers.


Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #200.

Blogging Insights 3.0 – #3


Blogging Insights 3.0 – #3

Another new entry into my wheelhouse for this New Year is Blogging Insights hosted by Salted Caramel. Salted Caramel offers a quote-of-a-sort to respond to each week. If you enjoy wise sayings from others, check out her offerings. 


TODAY’S QUESTION

How do writing prompts affect your creativity? Do they expand it, or do they restrict it?

Can they be considered ‘real’ or ‘true’ writing?

What is your favorite kind of prompt?


MY THOUGHTS

What a great writing prompt to toot my own horn.

I like picture prompts. They are freeing … for me. From one single picture 20 people will come up with 20 completely different ideas, but they all have one common thread as a theme.

Picture prompts are awesome!

If you would like to try a picture prompt, I sponsor a weekly challenge here … FLASH FICTION FOR THE PRACTICAL PRACTITIONER

This Week’s Challenge


Written for Blogging Insights 3.0 – #3.

Share Your World – January 30, 2023

Share Your World – January 30, 2023

Hosted by pensitivity101.


Each week Share Your World offers its followers FOUR intriguing questions for insightful responses.

It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers! You could give them a try!


THE FOUR INTRIGUING QUESTIONS

Do you consider yourself to be romantic?

Do you send cards on Valentine’s Day?

Would you spend a considerable amount of money on a single red rose for your beloved?

What is your idea of a romantic evening?


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS

Do you consider yourself to be romantic?

There are many words that people might use to describe me … but I am betting that romantic is not in the top 100 list.


Do you send cards on Valentine’s Day?

I remember addressing the envelopes of Valentine’s Day card when I was in grade school. And making the Valentine’s Day bag to hang in the classroom.

Not so much now.


Would you spend a considerable amount of money on a single red rose for your beloved?

Beautiful red rose bush abundant blooming in summer garden in contryside, blurred tilt-shift shot,

I grow roses in my garden. We can have them in a vase in the house anytime we want.


What is your idea of a romantic evening?

Refer to question #1. Haha.


Written for Share Your World – January 30, 2023

Sunday Poser #117


Sunday Poser #117

Sunday Poser hosted by Sadie @ Keep It Alive.  Sadie offers a thought of the week to start you writing juiced flowing on an early weekend morning. If you enjoy wise sayings from others, check out what she’s doing.   


This week my question is;

How do you pay any good done towards you, forward?

My parents assisted me a great deal in my early days. They were great.

I try to do likewise.


Written for Sunday Poser #117.

Blogging Insights 3.0-2

Blogging Insights 3.0-2

Another new entry into my wheelhouse for this New Year is Blogging Insights hosted by Salted Caramel. Salted Caramel offers a quote-of-a-sort to respond to each week. If you enjoy wise sayings from others, check out her offerings. 


TODAY’S QUESTION

Do you write directly on a device? Are you old school, do you write on paper first? Do you re-draft? If so, how many times?


MY THOUGHTS

I write on a device. I enjoy the ability to spellcheck as I go and without a lot of brainwork.

I think on paper. It is very difficult for me to brainstorm and/or outline a new topic on the computer.

Pen and paper is a must.

Do I redraft?

This one is a giggler! In order to redraft, a writer would have to finish the first draft…. ‘nough said.


Written for Blogging Insights 3.0-2

Blogging Insights 3.0-1


Blogging Insights 3.0-1

Another new entry into my wheelhouse for this New Year is Blogging Insights hosted by Salted Caramel. Salted Caramel offers a quote-of-a-sort to respond to each week. If you enjoy wise sayings from others, check out her offerings. 


TODAY’S QUESTION

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”      VS           “Break the mold.”

Which of these do you believe, as pertaining to your blogging?


MY THOUGHTS

When it comes to my blog … “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Upon retirement, I collected tons of things that I knew that I just could not part with. I was sure I would use them someday.

Now, after four years, I have been decluttering. Another nice word … downsizing. The truth … throwing out the useless trash.

Once I get the decluttering and remodeling done, and I find time for a blog-a-day (something I wish I could keep up with) and find time for my two novels that I have begun, THEN I am sure I will want to think about tweaking my blog.


Written for Blogging Insights 3.0-1

Share Your World – January 23, 2023


Share Your World – January 23, 2023

Each week Share Your World from pensitivity101 offers its followers FOUR intriguing questions for insightful responses.

It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers! You could give them a try!


THE FOUR INTRIGUING QUESTIONS

Do you find it relatively easy to fall asleep at night?

Do you remember your dreams?

If you can’t sleep, do you watch TV, read or listen to music in the hope you will nod off?

Can you literally sleep anywhere (chair, sofa, bus, train, flight etc.)?


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS

Do you find it relatively easy to fall asleep at night?


Do you remember your dreams?


If you can’t sleep, do you watch TV, read or listen to music in the hope you will nod off?

In five minutes … Anytime…. Anywhere.


Can you literally sleep anywhere (chair, sofa, bus, train, flight etc.)?


Written for Share Your World – January 23, 2023

Fandango’s Provocative Question #199


Fandango’s Provocative Question #199

Fandango’s Provocative Question is a weekly writing opportunity to allow your mind to travel to unexplored area on argumentative intrigue and oppositional engagement.

Each week Fandango poses a provocative question for consideration.

I browsed through several of Fandango’s offerings and found them both motivating and energizing. If you blog and are looking for topics of interest, give Fandango’s Provocative Questions a try.


This week’s PROVOCATIVE QUESTION …

Have you ever fractured a bone (or bones) that was serious enough to require inpatient hospitalization and a post-operative stay in a rehab facility? What bone(s) did you break? How long did it take in rehab (inpatient or at home) before you were back to “normal”? And did you actually achieve the same level of functionality you had prior to the fracture(s)?

Aside from fractured fingers (probably most of them) and fractured ribs (Who really knows how many- you wrap’em and cautiously move on) I have fractured my nose.

The first time was on a Saturday in late October during a flag-football game. I ran into the back of the head of a leading blocker. I was knocked loo-loo and the guys had to call the squad because my nose would not stop bleeding.

I spent the night in the emergency room and a surgeon of some sort set it and sent me on my way. “No activities for you for six weeks.”

At the time, I was coaching JV basketball. I participated that entire week from the sidelines for every practice. I was very careful. I never touched a basketball the entire week.

That Friday we had a home basketball game. During the fourth quarter, while trying to correct the defensive quadrants of two of my youngest players at the opponent’s basket, I was struck right in the side of the face by a deflected pass. It had been blocked by our center during a full court press.

Of course, the basketball didn’t really hit me in the face. I hit me squarely on the side of my nose.

Again, instant Niagara Falls spewed from my face.  

Again. I visited the Emergency room at the local hospital. My nose was tentatively reset and again I was told, “No physical activity.”

Three days later, refereeing a rabid dodgeball game of fifth graders (while standing against the wall of the gymnasium) an errant throw soared over the circle of boys and … …

You guessed it.

Smack.

Right on target.

This time, there was limited blood but the nose was noticeably deflated.

Once again, same evening visit to the emergency room.

And, I was blessed with the same doctors – all three times.

If you are counting … Three ememgency room visits for a broken nose in under two weeks.


FYI: I gave up listening to the doctor’s “No more physical activities” rule and just started up with my coaching and playing ball.

I have never broken my nose again.

Apparently, standing on the sidelines (for me) is way more dangerous than me actually participating in the sport.


Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question. #199.

Sunday Poser #116


Sunday Poser #116

Sunday Poser hosted by Sadie @ Keep It Alive.  Sadie offers a thought of the week to start you writing juiced flowing on an early weekend morning. If you enjoy wise sayings from others, check out what she’s doing.  


This week’s question is…

As a child did you listened to your parents? Was mom always right?

Funny thing about reminiscing about ‘was Mom and Dad always right’. Since you only know ONE of the outcomes…

But yes… I suspect in most things Mom and Dad were always right.


Written for Sunday Poser #116.

Share Your World – January 16, 2023

Hosted by pensitivity101.


Share Your World – January 16, 2023

Each week Share Your World offers its followers FOUR intriguing questions for insightful responses.

It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers! You could give them a try!


THE FOUR INTRIGUING QUESTIONS

What is the most comfortable vehicle you have even ridden in or driven?

What is the most uncomfortable vehicle you have even ridden in or driven?

Have you ever ridden a horse (or a donkey at the seaside)?

If you could have one of these as a pet, which would it be and why? (Black panther, cheetah, leopard, or lynx)


MY BRILLIANT ANSWERS

What is the most comfortable vehicle you have even ridden in or driven?

Whoops. A little white lie.


What is the most uncomfortable vehicle you have even ridden in or driven?

(Sorry, I am lying, again.)


Have you ever ridden a horse or a donkey at the seaside?


If you could have one of these as a pet, which would it be and why? A black panther, a cheetah, a leopard, or a lynx

Who wouldn’t want a big kitten?


Written for Share Your World – January 16, 2023.